Frank Engel (football manager)

Frank Engel

Frank Engel in 1990
Personal information
Date of birth (1951-02-15) 15 February 1951
Place of birth Leipzig, East Germany
Club information
Current team
Germany U-15 (Manager)
Youth career
BSG DIMO Böhlitz-Ehrenberg
0000–1970 BSG Chemie Leipzig
Teams managed
Years Team
1976–1988 East Germany youth teams
1989 BSG Chemie Böhlen
1990 Daewoo Royals
1991–1992 FC Sachsen Leipzig
1992–1993 TSG Markkleeberg
1993–1994 1. FC Magdeburg
1994–1995 1. FC Union Berlin
1995–1997 FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt
1997 FC Carl Zeiss Jena
1998–1999 Ismaily
2000 FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt
2006–2009 Germany U-18
2009– Germany U-15

Frank Engel (born 15 February 1951 in Leipzig, then East Germany is a German football manager.[1] Since 1 January 2006 he has been managing Germany's Under-18 national team, until 2009. Now is managing the Germany Under-15 national team.

Playing career

Engel began his playing career at BSG DIMO Böhlitz-Ehrenberg in a suburb of Leipzig, before moving on to DDR-Oberliga side BSG Chemie Leipzig. Here he played for the youth team, but already had to end his playing days without playing a single senior game due to prolonged back problems.[2]

Managing career

Engel took up managing immediately after his playing days had come to an end, working as a youth coach for Chemie Leipzig until 1976, when he found work with the Deutscher Fußball-Verband, the East German football association. He coached the youth national teams, from the Under 15 to the Under 19. Altogether, he was in charge of a national team for 195 matches, and coached later stars such as Matthias Sammer, Ulf Kirsten and Thomas Doll. In 1988 his team won the bronze medal at the Umder-16 European Championship in Spain. The East Germans beat their West German counterparts under Holger Osieck in the third-place playoff.

After German reunification, Engel managed a number of clubs, among the 2. Bundesliga side FC Carl Zeiss Jena and former East German top-flight teams 1. FC Magdeburg and FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt. He gained some international experience managing Daewoo Royals FC in South Korea and Ismaily SC in Egypt. In South Korea, He became a historical first foreign manager in K-League history. Additionally he was assistant manager at Eintracht Frankfurt, F.C. Hansa Rostock and Alemannia Aachen, always under Jörg Berger.

Since 2006 he has again been working with the youth national teams, first with the Under-18 as the successor of Michael Skibbe,[3] then the Under-19 national team and now with the Under-15 team.[2]


  1. "DFB-Trainer Frank Engel" (in German). German Football Association. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  2. 1 2 "Frank Engel bekommt zusätzliche Aufgaben" (in German). Handelsblatt. 14 December 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  3. "Frank Engel übernimmt deutsches U-18-Nationalteam" (in German). Handelsblatt. 19 December 2005. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
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